Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 10 weeks

UK/EU fee

£880

International fee

£880

Course level

Undergraduate

Start date

September

Location

Online

Online course description

Currently the only UK Certificate of Credit in Sports Psychology that offers university credits, this 20 credit module provides an introduction into sports psychology and covers key topics including confidence, self-doubt, anxiety, attention and mental skills training. It will also address group processes associated with team performance such as leadership, communication, group dynamics and cohesion. Throughout this module you'll learn from real life sporting examples of elite athletes on each of these key areas.

It’s ideally suited to anyone wishing to explore this area of study, or professionals working within a sports environment looking to further their knowledge or count towards their continual professional development (CPD).

For many people interested in playing, watching or contributing to today’s increasingly competitive sports society, sports are a way to keep fit, compete or even earn a pretty decent salary if you play professionally. Sport professionals and athletes strive for greatness, success and the satisfaction of winning, pushing through boundaries and limits to become the best. At times, sporting individuals may encounter psychological issues that prevent them from performing or playing to their full potential, whether this is in the form of pressure, anxiety or even a sporting injury.

By completing this course, you’ll have a greater understanding of the key factors associated with sporting performance, looking at the role these play on individual performance. Furthermore, the module will look at the performance of groups and teams and how effective teams are formed and perform. All of this will be supported with applied sporting examples.

Finally, it will introduce some of the key mental skills that are used by sport psychology practitioners. By completing this course you will get a greater understanding of the role that sport psychology has in overall sporting performance that may influence the way you currently play or coach.

Delivery from experienced academics

We’ve over 10 years' experience in the delivery of psychology courses online which means you can expect the highest standards of teaching and education. Our specialist psychology academic team will guide you through the module, providing regular contact and feedback to ensure you stay on track. You can be assured of a supportive and structured learning experience and our online learning advisors are on hand to provide non-academic support throughout the duration of your studies.

A talk from our academic

Our academic for Psychology, Dr Phil Clarke, talks about our online Sports Psychology Certficate of Credit course in this video.

Our academic, Dr Philip Clarke, talks about the online Sports Psychology Certificate of Credit course

View our Sports Psychology Certificate of Credit course introduction video transcript

What you will study

We will advise you of your study plan when you are invited to enrol.

You will complete one 20 credit module which covers 8 core units, looking at the individual aspects of psychology, the team aspects of psychology and key mental skills within sports psychology.

Certificate of creditCertificate of credit

Code: 4PS524

Introduction to Sport Psychology

This module introduces students to sport psychology. The aim is to provide students with a sound understanding of theory and research into individual sport psychology including areas of attention and anxiety. We will also address group processes associated with team performance such as leadership and group dynamics. Throughout this module we will provide real life sporting examples of elite athletes view on each of these constructs.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate the appropriateness of the key principles which underpin the area of sport psychology
  • Apply the theoretical concepts to a sport case study

Module content

This module will discuss what makes sport psychology a science and will explore theories, research methods and concepts relating to core topics of sporting performance. The following are examples of indicative content:

  • Anxiety
  • Confidence
  • Attention
  • Motivation
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Group dynamics
  • Group cohesion
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20 Credits
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Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

Over 10 weeks you’ll complete end of unit activities that are innovatively designed to ensure you are getting the best learning experience possible. You will also have the chance to participate in discussion groups and live collaborate sessions where you can interact with staff and other students who are studying this course.

Exclusive videos from sporting professionals

Through exclusive videos from sporting professionals including Stuart Bingham (2015 Snooker World Champion), Alison Nicholas (1997 US Open winner), Steve Staunton (102 caps for the Republic of Ireland and ex Liverpool and Aston Villa player) and more, you'll gain an insight into their own personal experience in sport, providing real life examples of how psychology is used within different sporting industries.

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

How you will you learn online

Our Sports Psychology Certificate of Credit course taster will give you an idea of how online learning works. It includes a selection of content from a course module so you can see what some of our learning material looks like.

You will need to complete a short form to access the course taster.

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Discovering Online Learning Webinar, October

Thursday, 17 October 2019 14.30 - 15.30

During this hour long webinar, we'll take you through the basic principles of how online learning works and what you can expect as an online learner. The webinar includes a 20 minute presentation and an opportunity to take in a Q&A.

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Entry requirements

You will require:

We also accept Access qualifications (with a grade of 22 merits or a distinction). You must also be 18 years of age or over.

We will need to consider all the information that you've included in your application. We want to see that you're enthusiastic and motivated to take this course and that you have the potential to benefit from studying your degree through online learning. Entry to the programme is at the discretion of the Academic Lead and prior to beginning your study you may need to speak to them.

If you have a significant amount of experience within a sports and exercise role or career, your application will also be considered.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

* If you don't have GCSE Maths, you can study our Certificate of Credit in Introduction to Maths in Preparation for Higher Education, which is a 20-credit module designed to help you develop your mathematical skills in preparation for higher education. 

**If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5, you can study our Certificate of Credit in English for Academic Purposes, which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Fees and funding

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £880 1 £880

† Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three options:

 

Undergraduate funding options

Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for an undergraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to meet the cost of tuition fees.

If you already hold an honours degree, and you are looking to re-skill or up-skill, you may still be eligible for a loan to study this course.

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Careers

This certificate of credit can act as an ideal form of CPD for those working in sport - ie physiotherapists or coaches. It can provide an understanding of sports psychology and the principles associated with understanding the psychological side of athletes' performance and the psychological influences on such factors as performance and motivation.

Progression routes

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Dr Sophie Williams
Programme leader

Academic Lead in Psychology, Dr Sophie Williams is a chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Sophie's research interests lie in women’s health and long-term conditions, with a particularly focus on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and quality of life.

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Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.

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